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Last Updated: Friday, 1 February 2008, 19:00 GMT
FA chairman aims to build bridges
Lord Triesman at a press conference
Lord Triesman began his new job at Soho Square on Friday
The Football Association's first independent chairman hopes to improve the working relationship between the game's amateur and professional bodies.

Lord Triesman, who took up his new role on Friday, believes he can build a brighter future for English football.

"Making good decisions is a team sport and I sense a strong will to work together," said the Labour peer.

"It's possible to bring people together because you don't start with any vested interests - people will respect that."

Triesman was unanimously approved by the FA's selection panel in December and the 64-year-old stood down from his position as a government minister to become Geoff Thompson's successor.

And Tottenham fan Triesman expressed his desire to create a strong England team by improving the FA's youth development programmes.


"I want to bring all of the talent through from grass-roots to the national game as seamlessly as we can with the optimum co-operation with the professional game," he said.

"There should be more good English players coming through playing at the highest level. "I think we have to give some serious attention to that. But Premier League clubs believe that as well."

Triesman dismissed concerns over a potential conflict of interest with Premier League chairman Sir David Richards sitting on the FA's 12-man board.

He said: "I'm completely comfortable with it, I think it (the board) is completely capable of doing the right things for football.

"The role of a chairman in any significant national body has to be bring everybody together.

"I don't see myself pushing stones uphill."

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